Annabelle's Curse isn't interested in treading the same indie folk and bluegrass paths as their melodic ancestors. The Bristol, TN group offers a reverence and respect for that past but creates a startlingly original brew of acoustic arrangements and lithe rhythms that are entirely their own. In recent years, they've even adopted a more electrified outlook, incorporating larger and more eruptive sounds to their already comprehensive musical arsenal.
The band has had an ongoing series of performance videos called The Typewriter Sessions, which they record, appropriately enough, in an old empty typewriter repair shop in downtown Bristol. The spacious brick-lined area allows for some tremendous acoustics, finding nuance even when they ramp up the volume. Recently, the band shared the last of these sessions for a song called "Onward," which is taken from their 2017 record, "Beyond the Station."
The song is a call to pick yourself up after an unnamed devastation knocks you to the ground -- there's a hopeful determination to its weary narrative. And the band explores this idea of pushing forward despite setbacks by bringing in both the electric guitars and a more folk-centric attitude. There's also a bluesy swagger that fuels their momentum, a swaying confidence that everything might just be alright after all. Mandolin plucks and strums strike a pensive stance while the guitars and drums provide a fitting backdrop to the song's hard-wrought optimism. As the vocal harmonies ebb and flow in time to the music, the band offers an expression of honest conviction to help push back against the encroaching troubles of the world.